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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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June 1, 2013 - 7:48 am

I am having some trouble with the plants in the LASAGNA GARDENS.  The leaves of the beans are not dark green, more yellow green. I am thinking that the composted leaves are not broken down enough and the plants are not getting enough nutrients. Most of the leaves are oak and they are known for not decomposing too quick. Since the one bed is covered with the greenhouse, it doesn't get a rained on, thus the composted leaves are not kept moist.  We will be taking the greenhouse down so rain and sun can be directly on the garden. I will be giving the plants more worm/compost tea. I think I read that it might need calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. I will keep trying.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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June 18, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Now that the weather in Wisconsin has finally warmed up and we have had good rains, the LASAGNA GARDEN is doing much better. The worms like the warmer weather and have been doing their job of breaking down/eating the LASAGNA LAYERS, which means they are POOPING in the garden.SurprisedLaugh Plus I have given the plants a dose of worm/compost tea one week and then the next week I give them a product called Sea-90. Almost NO WEEDS in the LASAGNA GARDENS. If I do see one it is really easy to pull.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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October 10, 2015 - 7:16 am

Now is a PERFECT time to get going starting the LASAGNA METHOD of gardening.  People are bagging up leaves and leaving them at the curb.  Perfect for layering in the LASAGNA METHOD of gardening. Also, you can visit a local furniture store and ask if they have cardboard boxes that you can have.  Or try your local big box stores. They are happy to give you cardboard. FREE is good. Save all green kitchen scraps.  Visit local coffee shops, free coffee grounds.  JUST GET STARTED.  It is one of the best gardening methods I have ever learned.  Here is a link that is very informative.   Enjoy!

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 29, 2017 - 5:32 am

I would like to give you an update on how LASAGNA GARDENING has benefited my soil.  It has been 6 years since I started using this method of soil building. The first bed has beautiful soil down at least 12".  I started with one of my raised beds and now do it on all my raised beds.  Two of the beds are perennial, asparagus and raspberries.  On these beds I have added a layer of wood chips and continue to add grass clippings, leaves and sometimes coffee grounds. 

Yesterday I planted most of the veggies in the raised beds.  I was amazed at the amount of worms in each hole I planted in.  The soil is rich and dark.  I am anxious to see my garlic harvest.  Right now the plants look the best I have ever grown.  Huge and very green leaves.  The newest raised bed that I used this method (2 years old) has about 5" of rich soil. 

The problem I am having in these raised beds is that my neighbors mature trees are about 8 feet away and their roots love invading my rich soil. Each fall I dig a spade into the beds and try pulling up roots.  Otherwise I never disturb the soil.   

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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May 30, 2017 - 9:56 pm

Lark, I reread your posts on Lasagna gardening.  I have done a 5 X 5 foot experimental deep mulch garden (which is basically lasagna gardening by a different name) and see the benefits.  So I added chopped leaves to my raised beds the last couple falls, but this is the first year I'm doing a no dig/spade/till before I plant.  I was trying very hard to get some cool crops planted early this year.  So then I have to contend with leaves still on the beds.  I just pushed them aside and planted my seeds.  Do you have mulch in your beds when you plant?  How do you handle it? How much do you loosen the soil when you plant?  Also with 6 years of creating soil/compost is the level in your raised beds getting higher than your concrete block edges?

  Now that it's almost June, the worms have taken many of the leaves into the ground already so it won't be much of an issue when I plant beans and cucumbers. It's been so cool and rainy I thought they would just rot if I planted sooner.

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Lark
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May 31, 2017 - 6:23 am

Yes, I have mulch in the beds when planting.  I do as you, I push the mulch aside and scratch up the soil a little or add a potting mix to the top when planting seeds.  Otherwise I just push leaves a side then dig a hole for the plant and push the leaves (mulch) around the plant.  With the seeds I do not put the mulch back over the newly planted seeds until they emerge and are a couple inches high.

Decomposed mulch has not been a problem YET in the height with the cinder blocks.  I kind of push the soil away from the edges, making a slight mound.  But I do think I will be taking some of this good compost/soil out and sharing it in other beds or areas this next year.

Have fun my friend.  HAPPY HARVESTING.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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May 31, 2017 - 9:20 am

Thanks for your answers and information.  I want to add more inches of mulch this fall adding to my soil in a more natural way.

Finally some sun today - yay!!  Hope my body is sore and tired by this evening!

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 31, 2017 - 1:24 pm

I am so happy to see the sun too.  Unfortunately I had errands to do this morning.  Making dinner now.  Hope to get out in the gardens later for a few hours. 

  I add to my soil all through the gardening season.  Chop & drop.  I just pulled radishes today.  I clipped off the tops immediately and let them lay on the soil.  I will be chopping back my comfrey any day now and mulch the top of the raised bed with it. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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